Graduate Entry Program In Medicine Netherlands

Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

Medicine in the Netherlands is taught differently than in the United Kingdom, both in terms of the approach to the subject and the timeline to qualification. While a Dutch medical degree will be afforded the same respect as one from a British medical school (GMC recognition is not a problem although Brexit might change this), the way in which students are educated means that transferring between the two countries midway through your studies will be almost impossible.

A graduate entry in medicine Netherlands won’t be a difficult thing to gain acceptance into, with different medical courses in Netherland you would definitely find interesting. you would find graduate entry for international students also easy to obtain.

The graduate entry medicine courses in Europe are four year course for both domestic and international students. Compared to the traditional medical graduate degrees which are for six years, the ones with the four years duration are for the students who want to complete their study of medicine in Europe. These courses are also called Fast Track medical courses in Europe. They are offered with different names in different European countries, but at the end of the day, they are equivalent to the graduate of medicine. Here is all the information you need on that:\

. There are a number of more likely options in Europe and you can find information about these on the Study Medicine Abroad page of our A Star Future website. We can also point you in the direction of options in Italy or Croatia.

Bachelors Degrees In Medicine Netherland

Until recently, very few British students decided to study in the Netherlands. Ten years ago there were 54 British nationals studying there and now there are around 3,000. It is possible that we have now reached the peak of British interest in the Netherlands as departure from the European Union has changed the financial reality. While we believe that Dutch universities have a lot to offer British and other international students, we have to accept the reality that Brexit has changed its affordability for many students. Indeed, in the coming years it is likely that other EU nationals wishing to avoid the UK will become more numerous at Dutch universities. For anyone with an EU passport, no matter that they might also be British, there is nothing to worry about from a financial perspective.

For 2021-22  Dutch tuition fees are €2,168 per year for EU passport holders. This is significantly cheaper than English university fees which can be up to £9,250. However, the cost for British and other non-EU passport holders is higher, typically ranging from around €7,000 to €14,000 per year. We have never advocated Dutch higher education for purely financial reasons; there are lots of other reasons why studying in Holland is a good idea.

British students who start in 2021 will have to pay full international fees. It is worth pointing out that fees will definitely not increase for anyone with a passport from any EU member state. Throughout the site we list EU fees and we are in the process of adding international tuition fees. These can vary from one course to the next and from one university to the next. They are almost always significantly lower than full international fees at British universities.

In the Netherlands there are now around 400 Bachelor’s degrees taught entirely in English and many more that include a significant English-language component. You can search for bachelor’s degrees fully taught in English in our database of Dutch degrees.

The Netherlands is a highly outward-looking country and its economy is perhaps the most international in Europe. Knowledge of English is so good that it is possible to survive almost entirely in the English language (and watch BBC television without paying the license fee).  British students who have gone to study in Holland recently have found it to be a very welcoming and supportive study environment. You can see some of their testimonials on our site and you can speak directly to some of them via our Facebook page Dutch Degrees.

Studying abroad is a big decision to take; there are many things that you need to consider if you want to study in Holland. The application process, securing a student loan, finding accommodation will all be more complicated than going to a university in your home country. Having said that, it doesn’t need to be that difficult and, as with most things, the more time you allow for the process, the smoother it will go.

Study Medicine In Netherlands Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

On this page you will find important details of the application process (such as deadlines, admission requirements, required documents and application assessment) for the bachelor’s programme in Medicine for academic year 2022-2023.

Medicine is a programme with (additional) admission requirements. Sitting an examination in a certain subject does not mean that you automatically satisfy the statutory prior education and/or additional subject requirements. There are strict requirements concerning number of study hours, content, difficulty of the material dealt with, and examinations completed.

Note: all candidates must submit a portfolio, an addendum to the portfolio and a homework assignment when applying. For more information see the pargarph ‘Documents required for application process’ on this page.

For information about the admission requirements for the academic year 2021-2022 (start September 2021), click here, search for the relevant study programme and open the document about admission requirements.


Medicine is an educational fixus programme with selection, not everybody who is admissible will also receive a training place. Please read all the information on this page carefully. 

The total intake capacity at Maastricht is determined each year; in 2021/22 it was 366 students. Of the available training places, 50 are reserved for the Physician-Clinical Investigator Master’s programme (A-KO taught in Dutch) and a maximum of 60 places are available for the International Track in Medicine (ITM). The remaining places are intended for the Dutch bachelor’s programme in Medicine.

Important deadlines for this study programme

Applicable when starting on 1 September 2022

When you want to apply or are applying for this study programme, it is important that you inform yourself of the deadlines that you need to meet. The important deadlines when applying for this study programme are provided in the table below.

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DateWhat you need to know about this date
1 October 2021Studielink is open for applications for the academic year 2022-2023
Register in Studielink for the bachelor’s in Medicine and indicate Maastricht as your first choice (compulsory). Consequently, candidates will receive their logon details for the MyUM portal via email. Follow the instructions in this email in a timely and accurate manner.
Up to and including 15 January 2022, 23:59 CETDeadline* for completing the entire application process for all applicantsNon-EU/EEA applicants require a visa or residence permit
Before 21 January 2022, 16:00 CETSubmit the online portfolio and addendum and the homework assignment belonging to the portfolio (round 1 selection procedure)
– Submit via the link to the online portfolio that you receive per email.
– In addition, a limited number of candidates will need to apply for a ‘sufficiency check’.
– If applicable, you must upload a syllabus per subject in the MyUM portal.
4 February 2022You will receive an email about whether or not you can move on to the second round
19 February 2022Selection day in Maastricht (Round 2 selection procedure)
During the selection day, you need to complete a number of assignments that test various cognitive and (inter)personal features and skills.
Before 25 March 2022, 16:00 CETUpload a completed ‘Definitive time plan’
– Candidates who still have remaining subject deficiencies (= do not meet the requirements of all necessary subjects) on 15 January 2022 must upload a completed ‘Definitive time plan’, including supporting documentation. In this document, candidates indicate how and when they will eliminate their deficiencies.
– Upload in the MyUM portal.
15 April 2022You will receive your ranking position via email and Studielink will start issuing proofs of placement
– The ranking is based on the candidates’ performances during the selection day.
– If you receive a proof of placement, you have to accept this within two weeks in Studielink. If you do not do this in time, you will lose the place that was offered to you.
Before 16 July 2022, 16:00 CETSubmit proof that you comply with the statutory pre-university, additional subject requirements
– Submit via the MyUM portal.
– If you are unable to meet the requirements in time, you must send an email to [email protected]
Before 24 August 2022, 16:00 CETSubmit proof that you meet the language requirement (for Dutch or English, if applicable)
Submit via the MyUM Portal.

* This deadline is not yet definite

Please note: in Studielink, choose ‘B Geneeskunde’, also if you are registering for the International Track in Medicine (ITM).

General requirements: prior qualifications

The admission requirements for academic year 2022-2023 for the bachelor’s programme in Medicine depend among other things on your prior qualifications. Please check below which requirements apply to you.

Prospective students with a Dutch diploma

If you possess one of the diplomas stated below then, in principle, you are directly admissible.

  • A new-style VWO diploma with the profile Natuur en Gezondheid (Science and Health) with profile subject Physics
  • A new-style VWO diploma with the profile Natuur en Techniek (Science and Engineering) with profile subject Biology
  • An OU (Open University) propaedeutic diploma, hbo propaedeutic diploma, hbo degree diploma, university propaedeutic diploma or university degree diploma. Sufficient knowledge at vwo level of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics is required.

An old-style VWO diploma no longer gives the right to admission.

Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma

If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma (Dutch pre-university education), you are in principle admissible to this programme. Check the list of diplomas equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma to see if this applies to your diploma.

If your diploma is not included in this list, Maastricht University (UM) will first determine whether you are admissible. 

Please note: this step will take extra time so it is important to apply early, preferably before 1 November 2021.

Please be aware that if you register after 1 November 2020, you are taking the risk that the assessment of your admissibility and/or eliminating one (or more) of your deficiencies will not be completed on time. As a result, you may not be able to start the programme in the academic year 2022/23.

Additional requirements subject package future students with a non-Dutch diploma

  • German ‘Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife’: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry: As ‘Grundkurs’ up until and including the final year. Biology as “Leistungsfach”
  • Belgian Diploma of Secondary Education: One of the tracks: Greek-Sciences, Latin-Sciences, Modern Languages-Sciences, Sciences-Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate from Geneva: Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL or SL or Mathematics Applications and Interpretation HL; Physics and Chemistry SL or HL; Biology HL
  • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics: written or oral exams, at least 3 hours/week in the last 2 years; Physics and Chemistry: written or oral exams; Biology: Written or oral exams, at least 4 hours/week the last 2 years
  • British A/AS levels, (I) GCSEs and/or AICE: Mathematics and Physics: GCE A or AS level; Chemistry and Biology: GCE A-level

If your diploma or degree differs from those listed above, the UM will assess whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the four compulsory subjects (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology) and therefore qualify for an exemption (sufficiëntieverklaring) for these subjects on an individual basis. This assessment is based on the attainment aims for final examination in Dutch pre-university education (VWO) in the relevant subject and the national agreements made within the Central Commissions Pre-examination (in Dutch: CCVX). The assessment takes extra time, so be sure to register for it at the earliest possible date, preferably before 1 November 2021.

Bear in mind that if you register after 1 November 2021, you are at risk that the assessment of your admissibility and/or the definitive schedule for eliminating one (or more) of your deficiencies will not be completed on time. As a result, you may not be able to begin the programme in the 2022/23 academic year.

Note! Sitting an examination in a certain subject does not mean that you automatically satisfy the prior and/or additional education requirements. There are strict requirements concerning number of study hours, content, difficulty of the material dealt with, and examinations completed.